Oklahoma's National Register of Historic Places

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ID Number SG100002217
Historic Name DUNBAR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Description of Significance DUNBAR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA IS ELIGIBLE FOR LISTING IN THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES UNDER CRITERIA A AND C AT THE LOCAL LEVEL. THE SCHOOL IS THE ONLY EXTANT “SEPARATE” ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN OKLAHOMA CITY AND IS A NOTABLE EXAMPLE OF THE CLASSICAL REVIVAL STYLE, DESIGNED BY RENOWNED OKLAHOMA ARCHITECT, SOLOMON A. LAYTON. THE AREAS OF SIGNIFICANCE ASSOCIATED WITH THE SCHOOL ARE EDUCATION, BLACK ETHNIC HERITAGE, AND ARCHITECTURE. THE PERIOD OF SIGNIFICANCE FOR DUNBAR ELEMENTARY SPANS FROM COMPLETION OF THE ORIGINAL EIGHT ROOMS OF THE SCHOOL IN 1922 TO 1954, WHEN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES (SCOTUS) DECLARED “SEPARATE BUT EQUAL” EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES TO BE UNCONSTITUTIONAL. ALTHOUGH OKLAHOMA CITY SCHOOLS WERE SLOW TO IMPLEMENT DESEGREGATION, THE SCOTUS RULING MARKED THE TURNING POINT IN SCHOOL DESEGREGATION. LISTED 3/15/2018.
Current Name SAME
Address 1432 NORTHEAST SEVENTH STREET
City OKLAHOMA CITY
County OKLAHOMA
Lot ALL
Block 29
Current Section 35
Township 12N
Range 3W
Type BUILDING
Historic Function EDUCATION/SCHOOL
Current Function VACANT/NOT IN USE
Area Signficance 1 EDUCATION; ETHNIC HERITAGE: BLACK
Area Significance 2 ARCHITECTURE
Date Prepared 2017
Year Built 1922-1954
Original Site YES
Architect/Builder ANDREW SOLOMON LAYTON
Architectural Style LATE 19TH AND EARLY 20TH CENTURY REVIVALS/CLASSICAL REVIVAL
Roof Material
Wall Material BRICK
Window Material ALUMINUM
Door Material WOOD; METAL
Decorative Details CLASSICAL REVIVAL MOTIFS
Condition GOOD
Comments LISTED MARCH 15, 2018.
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